“My name really is Michael Jackson; but I don’t sing, and I don’t drink Pepsi. I drink beer. That’s what I do for a living. I travel the world, sampling different brews and writing about the ones that I’ve enjoyed. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.”
I can’t be the only one for whom the words spoken at the beginning
of Michael Jackson’s TV series The Beer Hunter in 1990 were the
beginning of a life-long interest in beer.
At this year’s Glasgow Beer Week starting this weekend, we will be showing the new American
documentary “The Beer Hunter” (not the earlier TV series of the same
name). Film-maker J.R. Richards accompanied Michael Jackson on several
trips, beginning in 2004, and much of the footage in this film is being
seen for the first time.
Even better, Allan McLean, former beer columnist of The Scotsman and
long-serving member alongside Michael of the British Guild of Beer
Writers, will be joining us to introduce the film and say a few words
about Michael’s work.
This is only the second screening of the film in the UK and the first
in Scotland. I am quite chuffed to have been involved in bringing this film over, and all
proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Parkinsons UK, which
seemed appropriate as Michael suffered from it in the last years of his
Tickets are available here.